American Airlines passengers in Miami stuck on sweltering Boeing plane: travelers

American Airlines passengers were stuck in sweltering heat aboard a Boeing plane for more than an hour while waiting to take off from Miami for Costa Rica Thursday evening, two travelers told FOX Business.

Passengers on American Airlines Flight 1353 say they were disembarked twice before being transferred to another plane at Miami International Airport. FlightAware data indicates the Boeing 737 ultimately departed about five hours after its scheduled departure and arrived in San Jose earlier this morning.

“All the little kids were crying, it got to the point where the second time we went it must have been at least 95 degrees in there. It was ridiculous,” said passenger Daniel Solana, who says he was traveling with his 3-year-old son for a nephew’s baptism, told FOX Business. “The majority of passengers were upset, they just wanted answers. Every time they dropped us off, they had no answers.”

Video obtained by FOX Business shows passengers trying to cool themselves by waving sheets of paper as the captain says over the intercom “the power just isn’t working for us today.” Another shows the plane’s lights flickering, leading a disgruntled passenger to complain “here we go again!”


American Airlines flight encounters problems in Miami

Passengers aboard American Airlines Flight 1353 are informed that the plane is experiencing electrical problems. (Courtesy of Terri and Bobbie Barbour)

American Airlines said Friday it was investigating the situation.

Solana says that when he first boarded the plane, “it was a little hot” and “they kept telling us we had electrical problems, but they didn’t really want us say something else.”

After about an hour and 20 minutes, Solana says the passengers were ordered to get off the plane.

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“They basically just said we’re going to fix the plane and then we’re going to go out, so we’re all sitting in the terminal and we’re like ‘ok, are you going to fix a power outage?’ Especially with everything that happened with Boeing and it was a Boeing 737,” he said.

Solana says passengers were then asked to start boarding the same plane again, but it remained hot inside the cabin.

“Both times I was on the plane, I was sweating the whole time,” he said. “I would go to the bathroom and get some towels and wipe my face.”


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American Airlines planes are seen at Miami International Airport on May 9, 2024. (Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images / Getty Images)

After sitting on the tarmac for another hour, Solana says four to five attempts to start the plane’s engines without the aid of generators were unsuccessful, ultimately forcing a second disembarkation. Some passengers, he said, were shouting “open the door, open the door, it’s hot!”

Another passenger, Bobbie Barbour – who was traveling to Costa Rica with her mother for a wedding – told FOX Business: “As soon as we were about to back out, the lights went out again and the pilot kept trying start it and start the engine. The plane took off again, and that’s when everyone started screaming.”

Solana added: “It had already been four hours – all I wanted was for me to be with my son, and there were other kids on the flight and it was hot. We weren’t offered no bottle of water, no chips or anything and that was all my criticism of them.

Eventually, the passengers were placed on a second plane that was “nice and cold” compared to the first, according to Solana, but they had to wait a little longer before leaving because cabin crew had to evacuate a passenger who was “too drunk.” » and his luggage.

An American Airlines Boeing 737 takes off from Miami, Florida on December 29, 2020.

An American Airlines Boeing 737 takes off from Miami, Florida on December 29, 2020. (Reuters/Marco Bello/Fox News)


“When we got here” to Costa Rica, “funny enough, the jet bridge was broken,” Solana also said.

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